41 Quotes About Mistakes


There are many ways to learn lessons in life. From gaining work experience to making positive choices, we see what the end result is of our efforts. These quotes about mistakes reminds us that sometimes poor choices can also lead to a beneficial lesson.

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”

“A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying… that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.”

“A mistake should be your teacher, not your attacker. A mistake is a lesson, not a loss. It is a temporary, necessary detour, not a dead end.”

“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.”

“An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.”

“Any married man should forget his mistakes – no use two people remembering the same thing.”

“As you begin to take action toward the fulfillment of your goals and dreams, you must realize that not every action will be perfect. Not every action will produce the desired result.”

“Consider every mistake you do make as an asset.”

“Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.”

“Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones. Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

“Good people are good because they have come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success.”

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”

“I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life’s experiences, bad and good, make you who you are. Erasing any of life’s experiences would be a great mistake.”

“If you live life long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

“It’s always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.”

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

“Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster.”

“Many great people have experience some kind of failure. They build on the lessons from failing to become great.”

“Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth.”

“Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.”

“Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your ‘mistakes’ for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.”

“Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.”

“Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow.”

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”

“The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.”

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.”

“There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.”

“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”

“We need to realize that our path to transformation is through our mistakes. We’re meant to make mistakes, recognize them, and move on to become unlimited.”

“Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”

“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.”

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.”

“You will only fail to learn if you do not learn from failing.”

Mistakes can sometimes lead us down a path of suffering from a major failure in life. Finding a road to recovery is just one way to build a new future for yourself.

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